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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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Our cat contracted cat flu before we adopted m. We were told

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Hello, our cat contracted cat flu before we adopted him. We were told by the rspca that he was given antibiotics for it. We have had him for 6 months now and his eyes are still watery and I can hear that he is still congested. Is there anything we can do to ease his symptoms?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Yes, Sara, but you'll have to confirm which of the infectious agents was called "cat flu". In most cases, cat flu refers to feline herpesvirus (FHV-1) - the most common of the respiratory infectious agents in cats. Because it is a virus it doesn't respond to antibiotics but antiviral drugs might be of value. Famciclovir is a systemic antiviral drug which has shown to be efficacious against this virus. It's best to have it compounded into a tasty solution by a veterinary formulating pharmacy. It needs to be given orally thrice daily for three weeks. An ophthalmic antiviral drop or ointment should be considered as well. Cidofovir or one of the newer antiviral drugs has been formulated into an ophthalmic product.

These drugs will need to be prescribed by The Blackinator's vet.

PCR (a DNA-based) testing is preferred when attempting to identify the infectious agent(s) responsible for The Blackinator's symptoms. It's pricey but very sensitive in detecting FHV-1 as well as the common bacterial respiratory infections caused by either Mycoplasma or Chlamydophila - both of which are sensitive to the antibiotic doxycycline.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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